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A founder of Methodism in Texas crosses into the republic


On this day in 1838, Jesse Hord crossed the Sabine River into Texas at Gaines Ferry. He preached his first sermon at San Augustine the next day, then worked vigorously to establish Methodism in the republic. Between December 23, 1838, and April 15, 1839, he founded the first Methodist congregations at Richmond, Matagorda, Brazoria, Bay Prairie, DeMoss, Texana, Velasco, East Columbia, and Houston. His 500-mile circuit included twenty preaching places. He continued preaching on circuits until 1848. Hord died on January 17, 1866, and was buried at Goliad.

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